Launch of the VIVANT Season

Launch of the VIVANT Season

In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 has been postponed to January 7-15, 2021, as well as the VIVANT highlights planned for this occasion in Marseille. The events planned for the VIVANT Season are on break, nevertheless, the agenda of the Season is online, it will allow everyone to discover the places and cultural initiatives that are committed, through the senses and imagination, for the protection and enhancement of the living.

On the program, hundreds of events all over France, led by a plurality of artists, cultural actors and nature conservationists, united to defend a sensitive approach to biodiversity and life.

VIVANT draws an artistic and cultural path everywhere in France and in particular in Marseille to raise public awareness of biodiversity issues in a variety of places and initiatives brought together for the occasion on a common platform: These inspiring approaches, whether they are led by cultural venues, natural spaces, artists, communities, associations, or businesses, benefit from the visibility and impact of this common agenda and shared platform.


Monographs of committed artists and thematic exhibitions on the challenges of lifesuch as Angelika Markul’s immersive installations at the Centre international d’art et de paysage de l’île de Vassivière, Nicolas Floc’h’s spectacular work on underwater landscapes at the Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Cécile Beau’s reconstitution of an original garden using fossil plants at the Abbaye de Maubuisson, the Amazonia Expedition Drawings by Lucy+jorge Orta at the Drawing Lab Paris, the 8th edition of the Littorale, International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Anglet entitled l’Écume des vivants under the curatorship of COAL, or the exhibition Art en eaux troubles, fascinating studies of the representation of wetlands in the arts through the centuries at the Maison du Lac de Grand-Lieu in Loire-Atlantique;

Cultural institutions of reference that now place nature and living beings at the heart of their projects, such as the FRAC Alsace or the Magasin des horizons, which this year deals with the links between environmental and colonial thought, but also environmental institutions and territories, new spearheads of a cultural approach to ecology, such as the active Parc national des Calanques, the Department of Gironde and its art and nature approach, the Haut-Jura Regional Nature Park and its program of residencies and artistic commissions Nature in Solidum, the renewed commitment of the Festival pleine nature de Camargue et du delta du Rhône or the artistic itineraries of the Pays Portes de Gascogne and the international river film festival in the heart of the Drôme valley;

The emergence of new hybrid and transdisciplinary places and modelsThese include the Bureau des Guides Artistes-Marcheurs de Marseille, which in 2020 will conduct an artistic exploration of the Etang de Berre; the Ateliers Jeanne Barret, a new creative space supported by a group of committed artists on the docks of Marseille; the Coco Velten wasteland and the Foresta metropolitan park, two creative and solidarity-based projects in Marseille created by YesWeCamp; and the Parliament of the Loire, a fictionalized process to create a representative entity of the river, supported by POLAU-arts & urbanism cluster ;

Unprecedented collaborations between art and science that renew environmental research, such as the transdisciplinary projects of the Pythéas Institute in Marseille – this observatory of the sciences of the universe formed by five laboratories that actively collaborate with artists to share their discoveries -, the Atmosphères Festival that plans for its 10th edition five days of international meetings, screenings, workshops, performances, exhibitions, creations in La Défense and Courbevoie to think through art and science the environment of the 21st century, or the artistic residences of the Tangible Company in the heart of the thermal power plant EDF of Vitry-sur-Seine;

New educational initiatives and real demonstrators to learn how to do things differently, such as the Bellastock Art Architecture Landscape and Heritage Cluster in the middle of the forest in Evry-Courcouronnes, which focuses on experimenting with construction processes using living organisms, or the Transition Campus in Forges, a new academic site that brings together teachers, researchers and civil society actors to meet contemporary ecological challenges;

Monumental works, immersive experiences, workshops, meetings, festivals, research residencies, these various formats and events for all audiences will take place throughout France and more specifically in Marseille, converted into the nerve center of an international mobilization for the living in June 2020. In the Phocaean city, you should not miss These include the aerial ship designed by the artist Hortense Le Calvez in the Port of Marseille, the multidisciplinary lecture series organized by Opera Mundi with architects, ecologists and physicists such as Etienne Klein, and the 20,000 m2 exhibition devoted to the subject in the Espaces Générations Nature of the World Conservation Congress at Parc Chanot.


Image credits: SAFI – “insect vision” glasses / © Minia Bibiany, view of the exhibition I killed the butterfly in my ear / Compagnie Libertivore, Silva © Oriane Bajard

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    COAL mobilizes artists and cultural actors on societal and environmental issues and accompanies the emergence of a new culture of ecology through its actions such as the COAL Prize, curating exhibitions, advising institutions and communities, European cooperation, and the animation of conferences, workshops and the first dedicated website


    COAL has been awarding the COAL Prize Art and Environment every year since 2010 and the COAL Student Prize - Culture & Diversity since 2020.

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    Cooperation programs on a European and international scale, support for institutions in their ecological transition through tailor-made accompaniment and training, promotion of arts and ecology issues through publications and numerous conferences and workshops.